The OC wall calendar

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The OC Wall Calendar is the title of a wall calendar and videos first published in 2012, featuring nude and semi-nude photographs of members of the Orthodox Church. The calendar is the brainchild of a group composed mostly of Orthodox eastern Europeans of the former region. The primary goal was to create the very first organized global effort against homophobia in the Orthodox region and counteract prejudice against the LGBT community. "The goal is to show that Orthodox believers do not necessarily fit into the stalls as the press make of them. They are ordinary people with passions, preferences, interests and desires. At the same time, calendar ironic approach to the Orthodox Church which in recent years has been plagued by scandals, oppression, sex scandals and homophobia". For 2014 the Team release "BIGGER, HARDER, BETTER!", "a second illustrated calendar, created in a 'Tom of Finland' style, with a similar pro-gay theme". This edition pays tribute to LGBT people in Russia and was born from the collaboration between OC’s Art Director and Hungarian artist Tienne coming back from Russia. [1] [2]

The calendar and videos have 12 nude and semi-nude photos of persons portrayed as Orthodox priests and their guests. The style – with bold colors, homoerotic undertones and gentle ironic humor – appears to be inspired in part by the works of David LaChapelle and Pierre & Gillesas the creators of the calendar compare the concept of their work.[3] Photo sessions and casting took place in the predominantly Orthodox area of eastern Europe.[4]

Photo sessions and casting took place in the predominantly Orthodox area of eastern Europe. The casting call is open to the public via online announcement on the promoter’s website: "Clergymen or seminary students who would like to contribute to the 2014 edition of the Orthodox Calendar 2013 can contact us via email …"[5][6][7]

Reception[edit]

Launched in September 2012, the first edition of Orthodox Calendar was met with success and positive reception all over the world, and in particular after it was covered by the western press. Buyers tend to include gay communities, as well as women, liberal believers and those interested in avant-garde photography as art or social commentary.[8]

Since last September OC2014 became symbol for the marriage equality movement in Taiwan. It has been sold worldwide and delivered to over 200 countries.

Creative Team[edit]

The team is composed of 6 young creative talents of primarily Orthodox faith.

Distribution[edit]

The OC Wall Calendar is available for sale worldwide on Orthodox-Calendar.com, as well as other international online retailers such as Amazon. Prowler UK is their official retailer for England, while Berkana Library is the official retailer for Spain, Vrolijk for Netherland, Lucifer Shop for Taiwan and FNAC for France.

Responding to demands of customers, additional OC-related merchandising is available for sale: candles, condoms and limited edition prints of each of their artistic images (available in 4 sizes and printed by a professional laboratory). A "making-of" DVD was released for the first time December 2013. Additional products are expected to be made available.

Products and licensing[edit]

The company in charge of its production and distribution retails directly from its website, on Amazon and via several independent retailers in various countries. During the first semester 2013, additional products are expected to be made available.

Concepts & Artists Statements[edit]

The team met in Bucharest during a shooting in summer 2010, and from this meeting was born a friendship and an exchange of viewpoints and ideas and a creative collaboration.

They created stories featuring some of their members striking a pose and openly standing for who they are underneath the priest’s clothing they wear: regular people with passions, preferences, interests and desires.

The first series (OC 2013) called "For freedom of speech, unity and tolerance" tells the individual story of 12 intensely masculine young men and their guests representing different parts of Eastern Europe. All are open-minded and believe that it is important to be perceived as individuals committed to diversity and acceptance against homophobia who reject contempt and violence. Disrespect for gay human beings weakens thousands of children and adolescents, promotes risk-taking, and increases vulnerability to HIV and those steeped in silence, shame and secrecy.

The second series (OC 2014) called "LOVE IS LOVE – ORTHODOX OR NOT!" pays tribute to gay marriage. It is the story of young gay couples from Eastern Europe sharing a common dream of one day being able to wed their beloved at the altar of their local Orthodox chapel.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Priests" showing muscles in new calendar". www.gaysir.no/. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  2. ^ May Be The Sexiest Religious Calendar Ever, Huffingtonpost.ca
  3. ^ OC, team. "Press Releases & Statements". Retrieved 24 September 2013. "We think the main concept of our work brings us closer to creative minds like David LaChapelle and Pierre & Gilles who, in our vision had the courage to fight criticism trough art and inspired us in our work." 
  4. ^ The OC Wall Calendar - open casting information page
  5. ^ Clergymen Pose For Sexy 2013 Orthodox Calendar, Homorazzi, 1 December 2012
  6. ^ The OC Wall Calendar, open casting information page http://www.orthodox-calendar.com/casting/
  7. ^ MY TF1 NEWS – LCI, January 2013 http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=zurOnANl3eU
  8. ^ Romanian Orthodox Priests' Produce Steamy Gay 2013 Calendar, The Huffington Post, December 2012